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Grasmere literary gathering puts acclaimed women poets centre stage

The Westmorland Gazette: Highly acclaimed poet-performer Patience Agbabi

12:20pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Popular poet-performer Patience Agbabi reads from her modern reworking of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales during next weekend’s much awaited Dorothy Wordsworth Festival of Women’s Poetry at Grasmere.

Keswick's Words by the Water festival is ten-day literary cracker

The Westmorland Gazette: Author Joanna Trollope, one of the many top names at Words by the Water

8:10am Saturday 1st March 2014

Once again the stars come out in Keswick for one of the nation’s top literary gatherings.

Book Review: Why National Parks? Ian O. Brodie

The Westmorland Gazette: Book Review: Why National Parks? Ian O. Brodie

6:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

WHY NATIONAL PARKS? by Ian O. Brodie, ISBN 978-1-904098522, £14.50

Book Review: Do I have an angel? Amanda Tooke

The Westmorland Gazette: Boor Review: Do I have an angel? Amanda Tooke

6:00pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

DO I HAVE AN ANGEL? by Amanda Tooke, ISBN 978-0-992751418, £9.99

BOOK REVIEW: Live a Life of No Regrets

The Westmorland Gazette: Live a Life of No Regrets

6:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

LIVE A LIFE OF NO REGRETS, by Suzie Hayman, 978-1-444187076, £10.99

BOOK REVIEW: A North Lancashire Railway Album

The Westmorland Gazette: A North Lancashire Railway Album

3:00pm Sunday 26th January 2014

A NORTH LANCASHIRE RAILWAY ALBUM by Leslie R Gilpin, £14.50 ISBN 978-0-957038738

BOOK REVIEW: 66 Chances

The Westmorland Gazette: 66 Chances

7:00pm Saturday 18th January 2014

66 CHANCES, by Neil Buxton, £6.77 ISBN 978-1-492801450

Storyteller Taffy Thomas puts his spoken words in print

8:40am Saturday 18th January 2014

Taffy Thomas has been busy putting together two books to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War One.

BOOK REVIEW: An Island Fit For Horses

The Westmorland Gazette: An Island Fit For Horses

7:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

AN ISLAND FIT FOR HORSES by Michael P Ashton, £9.49 ISBN 978-1-491256459

BOOK REVIEW: Life on an Eden farm during wartime

The Westmorland Gazette: Children of the Dale

4:00pm Tuesday 31st December 2013

CHILDREN OF THE DALE by Elizabeth Blenkharn, £9 ISBN 978-1-904524953

BOOK REVIEW: Apples and Cumbria

The Westmorland Gazette: The Apples and Orchards of Cumbria

6:00pm Friday 27th December 2013

The apples and orchards of Cumbria by Andy Gilchrist, £9, ISBN 9-781904-524557

BOOK REVIEW: Store Detective Shares her Memories

The Westmorland Gazette: Memoirs of a Store Detective

2:00pm Thursday 26th December 2013

Memoirs of a store detective by Christine Smith, £9.99 ISBN 978-0-722343234

Charlie Fox author in the spotlight

The Westmorland Gazette: Top thriller writer Zoe Sharp

6:20pm Sunday 22nd December 2013

Zoe Sharp is up there among the thriller writing elite.

BOOK REVIEW: Rachael: A Remarkable Record Breaker

10:00am Friday 13th December 2013

RACHAEL: A REMARKABLE RECORD BREAKER by Joyce Buxton, £11.95 ISBN 978-1-909461062

Farfield's Tales of the Dales exhibition brings classic legends and historical characters to life

6:10pm Sunday 8th December 2013

For the past two years Ian Scott Massie has researched and collected stories of all kinds from the Yorkshire Dales.

Exciting new chapter opens for young writers award

8:20am Sunday 24th November 2013

THE Anne Pierson Award for Cumbria Young Writers has landed a top slot at Words by the Water.

Roger McGough - patron saint of poetry

9:10am Sunday 29th September 2013

A NEW book of poems by Roger McGough is always an exciting event.

Tragedy and action in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano novel

The Westmorland Gazette: Tragedy and action in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano novel

4:14pm Wednesday 25th September 2013

The Age Of Doubt by Andrea Camilleri (Mantle, hardback £16.99)

Top-notch thriller from John le Carre

The Westmorland Gazette: Top-notch thriller from John le Carre

9:24am Wednesday 18th September 2013

A Delicate Truth by John le Carre (Viking, £19.99).

Writers Fred D’Aguiar and William Letford share Wordsworth Trust stage

The Westmorland Gazette: Prize-winning poet, novelist and playwright Fred D’Aguiar

4:40pm Monday 10th June 2013

THE Wordsworth Trust’s fortnightly poetry gatherings continue with a fresh find from Scotland waxing lyrical alongside a well-versed voice from across the Atlantic.

Wordsworth Trust season continues with leading light of poetry

The Westmorland Gazette: Hannah Lowe

10:10am Saturday 11th May 2013

W N HERBERT and Hannah Lowe share the stage in the next reading event in the Wordsworth Trust poetry series on May 21.

Top poet Roger McGough plays Keswick's Theatre by the Lake

The Westmorland Gazette: 'Patron saint of poetry’ Roger McGough

6:30pm Monday 15th April 2013

Carol Ann Duffy calls him ‘the patron saint of poetry.’

Horse shock for Inspector Montalbano in latest Andrea Camilleri mystery

The Westmorland Gazette: The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri

11:14am Friday 22nd March 2013

The Track Of Sand: Andrea Camilleri (Picador, £7.99).

A darker side of life couldn’t break Blackburn-born author Josephine Cox

The Westmorland Gazette: SURVIVAL STORY Josephine Cox

4:11pm Monday 25th February 2013

SHE hates her books being branded ‘romantic fiction’ — and there’s a much darker side to the novels of best-selling East Lancashire-born author Josephine Cox.

Plenty of poetry and prose in Wordsworth Trust festival line-up

1:50pm Thursday 10th January 2013

THE Wordsworth Trust’s Arts and Book Festival weekend features a cornucopia of workshops, talks, entertainment and readings.

When Ziggy rocked the world

The Westmorland Gazette: Dylan Jones's book

12:56pm Monday 31st December 2012

When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie And Four Minutes That Shook The World by Dylan Jones (Preface, £20)

Keith Richardson’s The Greta flows as beautifully as the river itself

The Westmorland Gazette: The Greta with Lonscale Fell in background photograph by Val Corbert

11:00am Saturday 15th December 2012

SOMETIMES a real gem of a book drops on to the arts desk.

Litfest blazes another literary trail around Lancaster

The Westmorland Gazette: Poet, comedian and performer, John Hegley

6:20pm Monday 15th October 2012

JOHN Hegley is one of the leading wordsmiths in the Litfest 2012 line-up.

Excellent prequel to The Godfather

The Westmorland Gazette: Excellent prequel to The Godfather

4:18pm Monday 6th August 2012

The Family Corleone by Ed Falco (William Heienmann, £18.99)

Bestselling author John Connolly visits Kendal Library

1:54pm Thursday 2nd August 2012

CREATOR of the well-known Charlie Parker thrillers is heading to Kendal. Bestselling author John Connolly visits Kendal Library on September 15 (7pm), to talk about his new novel, the Wrath of Angels.

Taffy Thomas spins a few yarns at Waterstones

12:00pm Thursday 26th July 2012

TAFFY Thomas pops into Waterstones at Kendal on Saturday (July 28) to sign copies of his newly released Cumbrian Folk Tales book. Grasmere-based Taffy - who has a repertoire of more than 300 stories - travels far and wide spinning his yarns and will tell a few at the town centre bookstore at 11am and 3pm. Taffy has an MBE for services to storytelling and charity and, in 2009, was given the honorary position of first national laureate for storytelling.

Author Sarah Hall lands Edge Hill University prize

The Westmorland Gazette: Sarah Hall (photo courtesy of Richard Thwaites

6:00pm Monday 23rd July 2012

CUMBRIAN author Sarah Hall is in the honours once again with her latest literary work.

New Wordsworth Trust exhibition gives fresh take on the 'visitor' experience

The Westmorland Gazette: Wordsworth Trust director in foreground with author John Murray and TV presenter Nick Crane

8:30am Saturday 19th May 2012

Dorothy Wordsworth Festival of Women’s Poetry features prize-winning line-up

8:20am Saturday 7th April 2012

THE second Dorothy Wordsworth Festival of Women’s Poetry takes place at Grasmere, from April 20-22, as part of the Wordsworth Trust’s contemporary poetry programme.

Great guide to cooking Sunday lunches

The Westmorland Gazette: Great guide to cooking Sunday lunches

12:54pm Wednesday 14th March 2012

Mary Berry's Family Sunday Lunches by Mary Berry (Headline, £20)

A misunderstood intellectual - welcome to the world of Adrian Mole

9:06am Thursday 8th March 2012

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend (Penguin) Thirty years after they were first released the 'Secret Diaries' books by Sue Townsned, jusr re-issued by Penguin, still raise a smile and the occasional laugh out loud.

Bleak tale but great writing from Michael Dibdin

8:47am Thursday 8th March 2012

Ratking by Michael Dibdin (Faber and Faber, £7.99).

Epic time travel novel takes you back to the 50s and 60s

The Westmorland Gazette: Epic time travel novel takes you back to the 50s and 60s

8:43am Monday 6th February 2012

11.22.63 by Stephen King (Hodder and Stoughton) The date in the title of Stephen King’s latest blockbuster relates to the date that President Jack Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

Portrait of a Hollywood icon

10:07am Tuesday 20th December 2011

Robert Redford, The Biography by Michael Feeney Callan (Simon and Schuster.

Nick Hennessey's magical mix of spoken word, song and music

1:00pm Sunday 11th December 2011

IT WAS 15 years ago while Nick Hennessey was studying for a PhD in Cultural Geography, exploring the relationship between landscape, communities and myth, that he was hooked by the magic of storytelling. Since, the bearded bard has been following his passion for the role of story in our modern lives, evolving an enthralling style of performance that switches between spoken word, song and music.

Stuart Maconie shares his favourite poetry and prose at Wordsworth Trust

8:10am Saturday 10th December 2011

BROADCASTER, writer and raconteur Stuart Maconie is billed for the Wordsworth Trust Arts and Books Festival.

Wordsworth Trust's Andrew Forster waxes lyrical

5:40pm Monday 28th November 2011

THE Wordsworth Trust’s Andrew Forster is in the spotlight himself on Tuesday, December 6 (11am) by the fireside at Dove Cottage.

Ulverston dad writes Timmy Ted children's book

The Westmorland Gazette: ALL SMILES: Ulverston man Kenny Bower

5:40pm Wednesday 23rd November 2011

AN ULVERSTON dad with a passion for drawing is living his dream at the same time as raising cash for needy children.

Eden Valley 'giants' come alive in new book

The Westmorland Gazette: Eden Valley 'giants' come alive in new book

10:10am Wednesday 23rd November 2011

GIANTS and mythical creatures will come to life at the launch of a new children’s picture book on the folklore of the Eden Valley.

Superb spy novel

5:31pm Tuesday 15th November 2011

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: John Le Carre (Sceptre, £7.99)

Carola Luther is new Wordsworth Trust poet

5:30pm Sunday 6th November 2011

CAROLA Luther is the new poet-in-residence at the Wordsworth Trust.

Westmorland Gazette's Beautiful Lakes book is a best seller

The Westmorland Gazette: lakes 2

10:09am Friday 21st October 2011

A STUNNING book of photographs snapped by readers of The Westmorland Gazette is proving a top five bestseller at one of Cumbria’s largest book stores.

Ten-day Litfest promises high calibre poetry and prose

10:00am Sunday 9th October 2011

LANCASTER Literature Festival 2011 opens on Friday, October 14, with another fine line-up of writers.

Book reveals real love of Alfred Wainwright's life

The Westmorland Gazette: ROMANCE One of the heartfelt extracts from the new book of letters

11:10am Thursday 6th October 2011

TO MANY people the legendary fell walker and author Alfred Wainwright came across a dour character – but a new book out today reveals his surprisingly romantic nature.

New British Sea Power book reveals all about Lake District upbringing

5:10pm Wednesday 14th September 2011

A NEW book revealing the ins and outs of life with South Lakeland rockers British Sea Power is gaining plaudits from critics across the country.

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